The Volkswagen Golf R Cabriolet Concept was unveiled at Wörthersee 2011 and these latest spy photos show a production version in final testing.
Spied wearing a GTI body, the prototype wouldn’t raise any eyebrows if it weren’t for the Talladega-style wheels, which are a trademark of Golf R models. Despite the prototype’s low-key appearance, the production model will likely feature the more aggressive Golf R front bumper, aerodynamic side skirts and a center-mounted dual exhaust system. We can also expect a sport-tuned suspension, high-performance brakes and an upgraded interior.
There should be no surprises when it comes to power, as the Golf R Cabriolet will feature the same 2.0-litre, turbocharged, 4-cylinder engine found in the hot hatch. Power is 199 kW (detuned to 188 kW for our South Africa’s warmer climate and poorer fuel quality) with peak torque of 350 Nm, which is likely to be linked to VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system. Last year, VW had revealed that the Golf R Cabriolet Concept could go from 0 to 100 km/h in under 6 seconds and top out at 250 km/h.